Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Randy Lee


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Big Day Reflections

Chippewa Valley locals offer insight in planning a great wedding

Lauren Fisher, photos by Randy Lee

Without experience in the wedding planning process, it can be overwhelming to muddle through choices from colors to cake flavors.Some details are set in stone from the beginning, but when deciding ...

Lighting a Fire

UWEC’s Fire Ball more than a drag show

Katie Vagnino, photos by Randy Lee, Luong Huynh

It was one of those bleak January days when it’s dark by 4pm and you wonder if the weather is trolling you. I had just finished teaching my last class of the day at UW-Eau Claire and was trudging through Hibbard Hall ...

Asking the Wedding Experts

talking to local photographers, florists, and more about all the crazy weddings they’ve attended

photos by Randy Lee

“I saw a bride’s wedding dress nearly get pooped on by her bare-bottomed toddler. I didn’t know the child was about to poop and ended up with a picture of the moment.”

Chippewa Valley Treat-or-Treating Times

V1 Staff, photos by Randy Lee

In downtown Eau Claire, the bonanza of treats from generous businesses will run from 3-5pm on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Costumed kiddos (and their grown-ups) will find treats up and down Barstow and Farwell ...

Keeping Halloween Healthy for Trick-Or-Treaters

Claudia Cater, photos by Randy Lee

Halloween is right around the corner. Sixty-eight percent of Americans will celebrate Halloween. In 2015, 41 million children (ages 5-14) went trick-or-treating. Are you a parent who will take your Anna, Elsa, Ninjago Warrior, Spider-Man, or ...

Local Trick-or-Treat Dates & Times (2016)

V1 Staff, photos by Randy Lee

If you’re a candy-loving kid, it’s never too early to plot your trick-or-treating route for Halloween night – or Halloween afternoon, as the case may be. In downtown Eau Claire, the bonanza of treats from generous ...

‘I’m Right There With You’

as she prepares for her fast-approaching wedding, Renee gives new brides tips for minimum stress

photos by Randy Lee

If you could just pay attention for one minute here and remove the god-forsaken glue gun from your hand (the wedding favors can wait), I want to give you all a written hug. This wedding planning stuff is for the birds ... unless you actually like it – then feel free to go back to Pinterest. This letter isn’t for you.

The Roaring '20s Come Roaring Back

after hugely successful first year, Gatsby’s Gala returns

Raquel Dorf, photos by Randy Lee

Step back in time to the enticement and allure of the roaring ’20s at the 2nd Annual Gatsby’s Gala, hosted by UW-Eau Claire and Eau Claire Jazz Inc. As a celebration of the history and the culture of the Flapper Era, Gatsby’s Gala invites ...

Love Taxi @The Venue

photos by Randy Lee

Love Taxi performed at The Venue (the old Bottle & Barrel) as part of the Eau Claire Jazz Festival on Friday, April 17.

Opening Shot | Mar. 4, 2015

photos by Randy Lee

A FIREY FUNDRAISER. On Feb. 27, The Fire Ball – UW-Eau Claire’s annual drag-tastic fundraiser for the Women’s & LGBTQ Resource Center – brought together fierce local drag performers and headliners from RuPaul’s Drag Race ...

Fire Ball 2015

photos by Randy Lee

The Fire Ball is UW-Eau Claire's annual drag fundraising extravaganza. This year's event took place on Friday, February 27 at the Davies Center and involved an outrageous evening of local drag performers – and headliners from RuPaul's Drag Race ...

Opening Shot | Jan. 7, 2015

photos by Randy Lee

EQUINOX YOUR SOCKS OFF. The Equinox Jazz Group played the Acoustic Café in Eau Claire on Friday, Jan. 2 – with Karl Anderson, who’s all about that bass.

Equinox Jazz Group @Acoustic Café

photos by Randy Lee

On Friday, Jan. 2 the Equinox Jazz Group performed at the Acoustic Cafe in Eau Claire. The group is led by Freddy Sklenar on piano and saxophones, features Todd Bartlett on Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Mellophone, David Barney Barneson on Drums and ...

Christmastime in the City 2014

photos by Randy Lee

Held the first weekend in December, this event is a celebration of the traditional holiday spirit in Downtown Eau Claire. Activities included lunch with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, reindeer, the lighting of the tree, and much more.

"Let it Glow!" Phoenix Park Tree Lighting

photos by Randy Lee

On Thursday, Dec 4, Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. brought some twinkle to town. The non-profit group organized an effort to put up holiday lights in Phoenix Park. Following a short ceremony, "Elsa" sang "Let it Glow" and patrons enjoyed free hot ...

Opening Shot | Nov. 27, 2014

photos by Randy Lee

CROON TIME. Brooke Nicole Sjoquist was among the performers on Nov. 14 when Eau Claire Jazz Inc. (in partnership with UW-Eau Claire) presented Gatsby’s Gala at the Davies Center. The jazz age-themed dance took cues from The Great Gatsby’s ...

Gatsby's Gala 2014

photos by Randy Lee

On Friday, November 14, Eau Claire Jazz, Inc. (in partnership with the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire) presented the Gatsby's Gala at the new Davies Center. The sold out, jazz age-themed event took cues from The Great Gatsby ...

Contradiction @ O'Leary's

photos by Randy Lee

Contradiction is fronted by a very powerful singer that can nail bands such as The Cult, Guns N Roses, and Velvet Revolver. Playing the best rock songs from the past four decades, the guys in Contradiction make sure everyone is having ...

Halloween Costume Contest & Nightmare Serenade

photos by Randy Lee

On Friday, October 31st a costume contest took place at the EC Firehouse while Love Taxi+Sayth+Doks Robotiks and Glassworks Improv performed at Pizza Plus.

International Fall Festival 2014

photos by Randy Lee

On Saturday, September 20 the International Fall Festival returned to downtown Eau Claire. South Barstow Street was filled with over 75 food, art, and craft vendors, as well as street performances and an All-America City Celebration Parade.

John Raymond & The Roots Trio

photos by Randy Lee

The John Raymond & The Roots Trio performed on Friday, September 12 on the back stage of the State Theater. Their repertoire includes a combination of American folk songs, renditions on classic hymns, select indie-rock covers as well as unique, dec